Length of module
The module runs over 15 weeks: 3 full days of online tutorials - please request these days off to attend; plus 5 blocks of online content; group work activities to promote: interactivity, peer learning, collaboration, and networking.
Academic credits and level
15 credits at level 6 or 7
Applicants should currently be registered healthcare professionals working with people affected by breast cancer
This module is designed for nurses and allied health professionals working with patients with breast cancer. It will advance students’ knowledge and insight into the disease and its impact, enabling them to develop appropriate care and services.
The modules were excellently timed for me as it consolidated my knowledge and gave me the confidence I needed to carry out my role as a breast care nurse.
This module is in association with:
- Genetics and breast cancer
- Diagnosing and staging breast cancer
- NHS breast cancer screening programme
- Reconstructive surgery
- Psychological support
- Living with and beyond breast cancer
- Management of advanced disease
- Lymphoedema management
- Breast cancer treatments and their impact
On successful completion of the module at Level 6 you should be able to demonstrate achievement of the following learning outcomes:
- Critically explore the aetiology, epidemiology and pathophysiology of breast cancer and of its diagnostic process
- Critically discuss treatment modalities used at different stages of the breast cancer journey, the evidence base to support their use and the impact on the individual
- Critically explore the management of symptoms and supportive care issues specific to individuals with breast cancer and critically examine the role of the multi-disciplinary team in managing these
- Critically examine the literature base in relation to the planning, implementation, and evaluation of care for breast cancer patients, demonstrating awareness of its implications for practice
- Critically discuss the wider social, economic and political issues that may influence the care and treatment of patients with breast cancer
On successful completion of the module at Level 7 you should be able to demonstrate achievement of the following learning outcomes:
- Demonstrate in-depth systematic knowledge and understanding of the aetiology, epidemiology and pathophysiology of breast cancer and of its diagnostic process
- Critically explore the complexities of the treatments for breast cancer, their evidence base and impact on the individual
- Critically analyse and synthesise the management of symptoms and supportive care issues within the breast cancer setting and relate this to your role as a health care professional working in the context of the multidisciplinary team
- Critically examine the literature base in relation to the planning, implementation, and evaluation of care for breast cancer patients, demonstrating an understanding of current theoretical and methodological approaches and how they impact on synthesis of evidence to practice
- Critically discuss relevant theoretical discourses that may influence the care and treatment of patients with breast cancer and their application to innovative service development.
Dates will be added for new applications as they become available. Please check back regularly for updates.
Level 6: 2,000 word essay
Level 7: 3,000 word essay
Tutorials with the module leader or personal tutor are available if students require additional help with the planning and writing of their assignments. Email and telephone support are also available from the module leader/personal tutor.
The Royal Marsden School uses an online environment called Moodle which students must access during their studies to support and enhance our courses. The site provides resources and communication tools. All students will be provided with a username and password to access module specific sections as well as general learning support such as study skills and library resources. Students also have access to the David Adams Library and Electronic Resource Centre.
To get the best from the live video-conferencing sessions and enable you to participate fully you should have access to a computer or laptop with a camera and microphone. If you have any concerns or need help, please do not hesitate to contact us.
This stand-alone module also forms part of these pathways: